2020 PolarTREC Expeditions Postponed

COVID-19 has had far reaching impacts. In response to this uncertainty and for the safety of the teams and the communities of which they would visit, the deployment of all the 2020 PolarTREC educators to both the Arctic and Antarctica has been postponed until 2021. We will continue working with all the teams over the next year and in preparation for 2021. In the meantime, we'll be highlighting past expeditions and continuing to host science focused seminars.

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From the MOSAiC Expedition
Our first set of MOSAiC expedition virtual teacher workshops earlier this month filled up, so we wanted to offer them again later this summer for folks who were unable to attend!

Workshop 1: Exploring the New and Old Arctic - July 28-29, 10 am - 2 pm MDT (8 AM AKDT, 9 AM PDT, 11 AM CDT, 12 PM EDT)

Workshop 2: Arctic Feedbacks: Not All Warming is Equal - August 4-5, 10 am - 2 pm MDT (8 AM AKDT, 9 AM PDT, 11 AM CDT, 12 PM EDT)

Learn more about both workshops and apply here.

Questions? Email Jon Griffith at jonathan.griffith [at] colorado.edu

Check out other MOSAiC expedition educational resources here.

2019 Expeditions

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The trade off is that it is only capable of observing radio waves from extremely high energy neutrinos, a million times more energetic than the neutrinos produced by cosmic rays in the atmosphere. This neutrinos are extremely rare, which is why such a large detector is needed to increase the chance of seeing one."},"location":{"line":"true","lat":"-90","lon":"-139.2667"},"media":{"url":"\/files\/2019-05\/miller_icecubelab_800px.jpg"}},{"date":"<time datetime=\"2019-10-14T12:00:00Z\">14 October 2019<\/time>\n - <time datetime=\"2019-11-25T12:00:00Z\">25 November 2019<\/time>\n","text":{"headline":"<a href=\"\/expeditions\/thermal-sensitivity-of-embryos-and-larvae-of-antarctic-marine-ectotherms\" hreflang=\"und\">Thermal Sensitivity of Embryos and Larvae of Antarctic Marine Ectotherms<\/a>","text":"<strong>Dates:<\/strong> <time datetime=\"00Z\">14 October 2019<\/time>\n - <time datetime=\"00Z\">25 November 2019<\/time>\n <br \/>\n<strong>Location:<\/strong> McMurdo Field Station, Antarctica <br \/>\n\nScientific scuba divers use bright lights and cover lots of terrain in search for pycnogonids to collect. Turtle Rock, Antarctica. Photo by Timothy R. Dwyer.\n\nCold-blooded animals in the Antarctic ocean have survived in near-constant, extreme cold conditions for millions of years and are very sensitive to even small changes in water temperature. However, the consequences of this extreme thermal sensitivity for the energetics, development, and survival of developing embryos is not well understood. This award will investigate the effect of temperature on the metabolism, growth rate, developmental rate, and developmental energetics of embryos and larvae of Antarctic marine ectotherms. The project will also measure annual variation in temperature and oxygen at different sites in McMurdo Sound, and compare embryonic and larval metabolism in winter and summer to determine the extent to which these life stages can acclimate to seasonal shifts. This research will provide insight into the ability of polar marine animals and ecosystems to withstand warming polar ocean conditions."},"location":{"line":"true","lat":"-77.8499966","lon":"166.66664"},"media":{"url":"\/files\/2019-10\/Dwyer_DSC01316_800px.jpg"}},{"date":"<time datetime=\"2020-01-26T12:00:00Z\">26 January 2020<\/time>\n - <time datetime=\"2020-03-26T12:00:00Z\">26 March 2020<\/time>\n","text":{"headline":"<a href=\"\/expeditions\/thwaites-offshore-research\" hreflang=\"und\">Thwaites Offshore Research<\/a>","text":"<strong>Dates:<\/strong> <time datetime=\"00Z\">26 January 2020<\/time>\n - <time datetime=\"00Z\">26 March 2020<\/time>\n <br \/>\n<strong>Location:<\/strong> Ship-based, Amundsen Sea <br \/>\n\nA sloped blue iceberg. Aboard the icebreaker Oden between the Amundsen and Ross seas. Photo by Lollie Garay.\n\nSatellite observations show that Thwaites Glacier, West Antarctica, has been thinning rapidly and its flow speed has been increasing. At the same time, its grounding line, the point at which the glacier starts to float over the sea, has retreated. Oceanographic studies show that the main driver of these changes is incursion of warm water in the deep ocean beneath the floating ice\nshelf that extends seaward from the glacier. An important factor affecting the flow of warm water towards the glacier and the stability of the ice shelf is the topography of the seafloor in the area, which is poorly known. The seafloor offshore from Thwaites Glacier and the records of glacial and ocean change contained in the sediments on it are the focus of the THOR project."},"location":{"line":"true","lat":"-75.499998","lon":"-106.749997"},"media":{"url":"\/files\/2019-10\/Garay_4_14_08transfers463_800px.jpg"}},{"date":"<time datetime=\"2019-10-14T12:00:00Z\">14 October 2019<\/time>\n - <time datetime=\"2019-11-25T12:00:00Z\">25 November 2019<\/time>\n","text":{"headline":"<a href=\"\/expeditions\/antarctic-fish-development-under-future-ocean-conditions\" hreflang=\"und\">Antarctic Fish Development Under Future Ocean Conditions<\/a>","text":"<strong>Dates:<\/strong> <time datetime=\"00Z\">14 October 2019<\/time>\n - <time datetime=\"00Z\">25 November 2019<\/time>\n <br \/>\n<strong>Location:<\/strong> McMurdo Field Station, Antarctica <br \/>\n\nAdult Emerald Rockcod (Trematomus bernacchii) surrounded by seastars (Odontaster validus) at Cape Evans, McMurdo Sound, Antarctica. Photo Credit: Rob Robbins, ASC SCUBA Diver\n\nIn the Southern Ocean surrounding Antarctica there is an extraordinary diversity of marine life. Much of our understanding of the biology of these animals comes from studies of the adaptations of these animals to sub-zero ocean conditions. Research to date on Antarctic fishes has focused on adult life stages with much less research on early life stages that likely prioritize growth and development and not physiological mechanisms of stress tolerance. This project addresses the mechanisms that early life stages (embryos, larvae and juveniles) of Antarctic fishes use to respond to changes in ocean conditions. Specifically, the project will examine energetic trade-offs between key developmental processes in the context of environmental change."},"location":{"line":"true","lat":"-77.8499966","lon":"166.66664"},"media":{"url":"\/files\/2019-10\/2_bernie_and_stars.jpg"}}]}}

PolarTREC Updates

New Lesson Plans Available

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We are excited to announce new resources available through the PolarTREC website. Whether you are a classroom teacher looking for new lessons for next fall, or an informal science educator looking for new ideas to use with your audiences - PolarTREC has resources for you!

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Growing Up on Ice
In this STEM-based lesson, students analyze Weddell seal pup growth data, collected by the Growing Up on Ice, B-030, research team.

Don’t Clam Up - The Effect of Warming Seas on Respiration and Biomass
This lesson plan is designed to teach students about the importance of the benthic community in the shallow portions of the Arctic and how climate change may affect their respiration.

Jumping Into Warming Seas
This lesson introduces students to the impacts of increasing ocean temperatures on marine life. 

Resource Available - State of the Arctic Science Report

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2020 State of Arctic Science Report
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The International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) announces the release of its 2020 State of Arctic Science Report.

The report aims to be a cohesive synthesis of international Arctic research activities and priorities, as gathered from the Arctic research community itself. Each of the 23 countries represented in IASC’s Scientific Working Groups (Atmosphere, Cryosphere, Marine, Social & Human, and Terrestrial) was asked to submit a summary detailing the research priorities and activities in their country. This corpus of content was compiled by each Working Group’s leadership. These were condensed into this report, then reviewed by the IASC Executive Committee and Council with an eye towards interdisciplinary connections. For national and/or disciplinary breakdowns, please contact IASC Working Group members directly.

Following an internal recommendation, this report is aimed at Arctic science agencies, Arctic science managers, and Arctic science users including a wide range of decisionmakers and policymakers – e.g., national research councils and scientific foundations, Arctic ministers and ambassadors, international science bodies, and more. It will also be delivered to the organizers of the 3rd Arctic Science Ministerial.

Caleb Lumen Pungowiyi Scholars Program

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Call for Applications: Caleb Lumen Pungowiyi Scholars Program

Application deadline: 31 July 2020

The Caleb Lumen Pungowiyi Scholars Program announces a call for applications for the 2020 Fall semester. The Caleb Scholars Program is available to students from Norton Sound, Northwest Arctic, and Arctic Slope regions of Alaska and applicants must be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in disciplines related to marine conservation.

For more information and to apply, visit the website.
For questions, contact: Caleb Scholar Program; cpp.spec [at] kawerak.org; 907-443-4354

Latest Journals

21 June 2020 June Solstice

By: Katie Gavenus
Sun through ferns
The sun was still high in the sky when this photo was taken, at 5 pm on the June Solstice. As I write this, it is the June Solstice. The exact moment of solstice occurred a few hours ago, at 21:44 Universal Daylight Time. This was at 1:44 pm today here in Homer, Alaska. This moment marked…

18 June 2020 Science Happens on Arctic Ocean In Spite of 2020 Pandemic

By: Sarah Johnson
Map shows initial buoy deployments
Buoys Deployed in Arctic Ocean A global pandemic could not stop the International Arctic Buoy Program from deploying drifting weather buoys into the Arctic Ocean off the coast of Utqiaġvik, Alaska during these past few months. With the collaborative effort of many partners, buoys were designed,…

31 May 2020 On Fragile, Speedy Ice

By: Katie Gavenus
A ship moves through a patchwork of Arctic sea ice
On Fragile, Speedy Ice The expedition jacket I have from the MOSAiC Expedition reads “A Year In the Arctic Ice.” While this statement was never true for any individual expedition member, it did reflect the concept at the heart of the MOSAiC Expedition: that the R/V Polarstern would freeze into the…

27 April 2020 YouTube Live event this Thursday, April 30 at 3:30 EDT

By: Sarah Slack
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFWytySz4xE
I'll be giving a presentation about my expedition to Antarctica via YouTube Live this Thursday, April 30 at 3:30 PM EDT. I hope you will tune in! .

24 April 2020 So...Whatever Happened to the MOSAiC Expedition?

By: Katie Gavenus
People boarding helicopter.
Well, life has changed and I’ve been neglectful of my promise to post journals a couple times per month throughout the MOSAiC Expedition. I’m sorry. But I’m trying to be gentle with myself. Life has changed and I’ve been busy. Busy making place-based educational videos and at-home learning…

22 April 2020 COVID + Climate Change

By: Elaine Krebs
Elaine enjoying Earth Day 2020
HAPPY EARTH DAY 2020! In honor of the 50th Anniversary of a holiday that's near and dear to my heart, I'm here to share a silver lining as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. With a tie to Antarctic research too! Enjoy! https://youtu.be/6zM6Z5hD-j0 I'm so lucky to live in California and enjoy Earth…
 

What is PolarTREC?

STEM at the Poles! Research Experiences for Formal and Informal Educators in the Polar Regions is the newest iteration of PolarTREC. The educators (formal and informal) come from the United States and spend 3-6 weeks participating in hands-on field research experiences in the Arctic or Antarctica, working side by side with scientists. STEM at the Poles is professional development for educators across all Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines connecting them to the polar regions and the research community; developing Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) resources; and changing how they teach STEM in both informal and formal learning environments. PolarTREC is funded through awards from the National Science Foundation and administered by the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States (ARCUS).


Image: The 2019 PolarTREC Cohort and project management team pose for a photo outside the Syun-Ichi Akasofu Building on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus during orientation week.

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